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WoW Moviewatch: Warlords Countdown

Look, I'm pretty sure by this point in Warlords of Draenor you can automatically win over my heart in any machinima just by putting together a cheery video of any of the titular Warlords being happy, sunny, and dancing. But David Nguyen went one step further and put that all into an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the original Care Bears opening sequence, which just set the bar that much higher for anyone wanting to win me over with silly orc warlord shenanigans. Warlords Countdown is a pretty short piece, comparatively speaking, but I loved every second of it. If you like what you see, head over to David's Youtube channel and check out his other work.


Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at moviewatch@wowinsider.com.

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The Queue: Sha crystal power, make up

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Since I already had one short video yesterday, I figured I'd do another one today. If you haven't seen Just Another Summer Night in full, you really should watch the whole thing. Let's get to the Warcraft questions ... or actually, first, let's look at a comment.

atanae commented:

For those of us old enough to remember beanie babies... If Blizzard made plushies of all the battle pets...yeah...license to print money. I never collected beanie babies. I couldn't throw money hard enough at Blizzard to collect plushie battle pets. Priorities...

This is something I have wished that they'd do for years, and I have no idea why they haven't jumped on that particular licensing opportunity yet. No idea!

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Breakfast Topic: Have you looked for Draenor's treasures?

I have to admit that I spent a longer time leveling than usual in Warlords of Draenor. It wasn't that the content was particularly difficult, it was the treasures. Oh so many treasures to be found, all over the place. Treasures in every zone, tucked away here and there waiting to be discovered. Treasure hunting was one of those things I really loved about Mists of Pandaria, so I was really happy to see it make a return in Warlords on a slightly larger scale. Happy, and distracted from leveling by exploring and finding all those lovely hidden treasures.

Of course I hit level 100 finally, and got to work doing what level 100 players are all up to. But the siren song of treasures that still had yet to be reached was stronger than my desire to go run a bunch of dungeons. A few days ago, my treasure-hunting madness got me the Grand Treasure Hunter achievement for my troubles -- 200 treasures found. There's still more of them out there. I think I'm going to have to find every single last one of them to be satisfied.

What about you guys? Have you indulged in any treasure hunting? Do you keep an eye out while you're questing for unusual sparkling objects on the ground or in the trees? Do you go about your treasure hunting the old fashioned way, or do you use a mod that tells you where to find everything?


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WoW Moviewatch: The Sore Loser

I first saw The Sore Loser while standing in line for the BlizzCon store -- it was the first place winner of the 2014 BlizzCon movie contest. And even without quite being able to hear every line over the din of the crowd, I still ended up laughing by the end of the short. The film, from Mushanga's Machinima Movies, features voice acting by Jesse Cox, Rawrbug and Chase Johson, all of whom were absolutely excellent. The effects were great too -- I loved the teleportation sequence. Between the film work, the story, and the voice acting, it definitely deserved first place. Take a look, and if you like what you see, be sure to check out Mushanga's Youtube channel for more.


Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at moviewatch@wowinsider.com.

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Grommash Hellscream statue now available for pre-order

If you've seen any of the photos or footage from BlizzCon this year, you have doubtless seen at least a few shots of a larger than life Grommash Hellscream statue, proudly poised atop Mannoroth's decapitated head. Although the full-scale piece is off limits, Blizzard has opened preorders for a slightly smaller version of the statue on the official Blizzard Gear Store. The statue, measuring a full foot and a half in height, was sculpted in house by Senior Sculptor Brian Fay, art directed by Nick Carpenter, and features paint work by none other than Senior Illustrator Lauren Austin -- that would be the woman also responsible for the gorgeous art in Blizzard's Lords of War animated series.

If you're looking to pre-order, you can head to Blizzard's official site -- but be warned, for something this detailed and large, it's going to cost you. The Grommash Hellscream statue is $350, and is expected to be shipped by the end of August, 2015. Check out more images of this impressive piece and preorder one for yourself if you're so inclined at the Blizzard Gear Store.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: Mom's not home

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

The above film was a little too short for a Moviewatch, but just right for a Queue header. I could totally see a couple of goblins doing this, too. What's the Azeroth equivalent of Vine? Do we have one? Should we have one?

hordak asked:

is there a way for alts (or toons in general) to fly at 85 in Pandaria? I thought I saw something about a tome on the BMAH, but it wasn't specific and my google searches have come up short.

There is a book called Grimoire of the Four Winds that is Bind-on-Account so you can send it to your alts. However, the book is only available in the Black Market Auction House in Nagrand, and the starting price is 1k. Leveling is pretty speedy these days, so unless you're dying to fly prior to level 90, honestly I'd say just use your ground mount.

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Breakfast Topic: What's the strangest thing you've seen in your garrison?

I'm finding myself spending a lot of time in my garrison at level 100 -- and the more I do, the more little things I notice. The garrisons are ridiculously detailed, with random items strewn around all the different shops and buildings you can create. When you add the Menagerie, suddenly your battle pets will be seen running here and there all over the place -- and it doesn't matter what kind of pet they are. Today, I saw an Alliance balloon slowly floating along inside my Horde garrison, despite the fact that I can't actually use that pet on Horde.

Things get stranger, too. Perhaps the wildest thing I've heard of is the stables, which display a random selection of mounts that you've designated as favorites. Mounts that are housed in the stable will while away the hours milling around, walking in circles, eating straw ... you know, mount things. Except when that mount is an engineer's chopper, and it slowly wheels itself to the straw pile, well. Like I said, things get a little strange.

I think some of the best stuff I've seen though has been the interactions between my various followers. For some reason Birchus and Blook have become best friends in my garrison, possibly because they're both larger than life and can't fit in the buildings. I caught the above screenshot the other day of Birchus grabbing Blook's arms in what looks like a desperate plea for Blook to get a grip and snap out of it. I have no idea what they're talking about, I just think their interactions are particularly funny. What about you guys? What's the strangest thing you've seen in your garrison?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Patch 6.0.3 hotfixes for December 5

Just in time for the weekend, a new round of hotfixes for patch 6.0.3 have been released to the official blog. There's a little bit of everything in this round of hotfixes, from PvP adjustments to garrison building tweaks, and even a few adjustments to professions as well. Please note that there are a few hotfixes that do require a realm restart to take effect.
  • Players leveling First Aid should note that Antiseptic Bandages no longer require Sea Scorpion Segments to craft.
  • In Ashran, Fangraal, Kronus, and faction Captains now continuously push towards the enemy faction's base.
  • Consuming a Draenor potion, elixir or flask should no longer cause players to break out of stealth.
Read on for the full list of hotfixes.

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Filed under: Hotfixes, Warlords of Draenor

Know Your Lore: Khadgar, of the Sons of Lothar

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

He has successfully managed to close the Dark Portal three times now -- an astounding feat, no matter which way you look at it. As former apprentice to the Guardian of Tirisfal, Khadgar has had a long and storied life -- a life lived fast forward, that now seems to be traveling in reverse. If we've learned anything about Khadgar so far in Warlords of Draenor, it's that this mystery mage has far more up his sleeve than any of us would have guessed upon our first meeting with the mage in Shattrath City during Burning Crusade.

He's lively. He's peppy. He's downright snarky at times, and full to the brim with witty banter and wittier planning. Khadgar is a man of many talents, the least of which involves the destruction of Dark Portals and the ushering of armies. And in between all these madcap adventures, one has to wonder if Khadgar ever imagined, at age seventeen, staring at the tower of Karazhan, just exactly what he would spend his life getting into and out of as gracefully as any dancer on Azeroth.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore

WoW Moviewatch: Stopping the Iron Horde

Man, if only we'd been thinking. Stopping the Iron Horde from Mooclucking is a pretty short little piece of machinima, but it points out an almost painfully obvious solution to our little rampaging Warlord problem. I have no idea why we didn't think of it before -- why not fight iron with ... well, iron? The only thing that made this piece more amusing was the panic of pretty much everyone in the Stormwind throne room at the thought of yet another expansion to contend with. Honestly, I can't really blame them -- by now, those guys are probably getting a little touchy when it comes to sudden announcements.

Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at moviewatch@wowinsider.com.

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

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